Safe Flying on Mam Tor NW Face
At the committee meeting this past weekend, there was some discussion around safe flying on Mam Tor NW Face. All except perhaps the news pilots, will know that the NW Face of Mam quickly becomes too congested to fly safely when there is only ridge lift available or, on days where the lift is cyclic. That is, the sort of day when lots of pilots can launch with the air is moving up but sends everyone dashing back to the ridge when the thermal has passed through.
Those who are familiar with the site guid will know that this is already called out to some extent, firstly at the top of the page:
and secondly further down the page:
Given this site still gets easily crowded even with these entries in the site guide, the Committee felt that it may be a good idea to include a recommended maximum number of pilots that should share this site when the conditions are scratchy. The idea is not to have people on the hill enforcing a hard limit but to give pilots an easy way to decide weather to launch or not. Indeed, it could also be considered as a way for pilots in the air to consider landing to give others a chance fly that day.
The concern is that if we do not take some form of action as a club, someone will get killed or seriously injured at this site…
…If that were to happen, at worst, we could loose the site entirely or, end up having to enforce a limit whenever conditions are right to fly the site, this already happens in some other clubs on the most congested sites.
The thought at the recent Committee meeting is that the site guide should stipulate that pilots should not consider launching in less than ideal conditions on Mam Tor NW face if there are already 10-12 pilots already in the air.
The Committe felt that a good way to stimulate discussion, raise awareness of the problem and come to the best possible solution, we would ask the membership for input, we’d love to know what you all think so please let us know in comments below!